THAT TIME I WORKED FOR DONNA SUMMER

Springtime 1994. I’m sitting at a table with super-diva Donna Summer—in an absurdly expensive Italian restaurant in Manhattan. We're both sampling out-of-this-world spaghetti carbonara and discussing, for 2 hours, what I can and can not put on screen in a…

MORE ABOUT HOW I MASTER MY OWN MUSIC

You might (or might not) notice, when listening to my music,  that I don’t master my tracks as loudly as they could be. 

But first things first. You might be wondering, "What in the world is mastering?" 

Well, mastering happens…

REALLY SCARY: MY FIRST LIVE SHOW [225,000 PEOPLE!]

A quarter of a million people is a lot. 

Seriously, a lot. 

A lot a lot. 

Remember that old saying "be careful what you wish for because you might get it"? Well, that applies to this story because — I…

HOW TO RECORD AN ALBUM IN YOUR BEDROOM

These days there's no reason why you can't record a full blown album in your own bathroom, if you know what you're doing. Actually, I wouldn't try it in a bathroom because there's never enough electrical outlets in there. 

CREATING "THE SECRET LIFE OF BOYS"

Long before I DREAM DEEP this article focuses on the first album I recorded in 2001, THE SECRET LIFE OF BOYS:

BOY SEVENTEEN 
The first thing that I wrote in January 2001 - in my new apartment in Southwest DC…

MASTERING YOUR OWN MIXES: IT'S NOT THAT HARD

Amongst all the mysteries in the business-of-recording-music there is one that strikes fear into the hearts of musicians and artists the world over to a much greater extent than just about anything else. Especially if you are a so called…

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW

The coolest thing I've done lately is upgrade my home studio gear. Out went the 10 year Dell and in came a brand new HP Z-Book Mobile Workstation and an external 20" monitor. I also stopped using the old SONAR…

YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH: THE INFAMOUS DEADMAU5 POST

A lot of Electronic Dance Music people have read the infamous Deadmau5 post which appeared on his blog a while back. It was titled WE ALL HIT PLAY. And in this little missive Joel Zimmerman (aka Deadmau5) openly let the…

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SIGNING WITH MONDO TUNES

After having been out of the on-line stores for a little over a month---3 of my albums (The Secret Life of Boys, Rush Push, and Remixes Demos & Bootlegs) are back in a big way.  Thanks to the fine people…
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RETROSPECTIVE ALBUMS COMING IN JANUARY

So I got the whole process of movie making a little bit out of my system by making a short film called THE MAN IN 813 which went on to screen at the 2011 DC SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL and eventually…